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|November 28 2018
Annual Rogaine Fryers Ridge Chewton Hello Walkers It won't be a surprise to learn that Jesus also organised rogaine events. Matthew, one of his mates and who used to moonlight as a tax collector for the Romans, remembers him standing on The Knoll and reminding competitors: 'Now you lot, listen up. Many who are first will be last and many who are last will be first. And someone flogged control 66.'
Thanks Kevin for organising this fun event and to the leaders who helped the learners.
|November 14 2018
Welsh Village Walk Forget the EU, NATO, ASEAN, PSA and even Garfield the Cat. The lot. None has a bar on today's truly multi-cultural walk. North of the Garfield Wheel (probably ex-Manchester) and before reaching Merthyr Reef and the Welsh Village, there was German Gully, Burns Hill, Chinaman Point, Englishman Gully and three Chinese Camps. Oh and t'was ably led by a wee lassie from Forres.
|October 31 2018
Mt Macedon On the day before he left to resuscitate the Dead Sea and the Two State Solution, Keith caused the scones to rise and the clouds to part so we were able to see the camels hump and then mount Macedon. It was a great morning, especially for the camels.
|October 24 2018
Springs Rd to Hunt Gap Rd Mandurang South We don't often venture north of C'maine but today's walk along a stretch of the Coliban gutter that delivers aqua pura to Bendigo was well worth the drive. Walking north meant that water was passing us rather than us passing water.
Thanks Bryan and Tricia
|October 10 2018
Spring Gully Car Park to Vaughan Springs What a privilege to go on a beautiful GDT walk with a man who can lead and follow simultaneously and thus prove an aspect of quantum theory that escapes me just at the moment.
|September 26 2018
Anderson’s tramway. Wombat Forest. 'Please Sir, I want some more.' Master Roberts, a tall and healthy man, turned pale. (Apologies to Mr Dickens, Oliver Twist, Chapter 2)
An excellent morning. Alan’s leadership of the walk and soup preparation provided a very enjoyable social walk with a difference. Thanks to the soup makers (recover quickly Deb), the 'bakers', the transporters and the weather gods. Great co-operation. Word for the day: jorum.
|September 12 2018
GPS malfunction on Mt Beckworth. En route we nearly drove onto a film set in downtown Clunes. The track to the top of Mt Beckworth was steep, long and slippery in places. But the views from beneath the Lollipop Tree were worth it. Our return was lengthened by a malfunction in the GPS (Greg's Positioning System).
But then on cue: 'Follow me. It will be just over there.' Back to Clunes for a late lunch and coffee. An excellent, tough, and accurately graded outing.
|August 29 2018
T'was braw and bricht to start (tho' the moonlicht was gone) but by play-lunch coats were coming off. What a great area of regenerating forest so close to Castlemaine!
The eastern section of the walk ran within sight of Odgers Rd. Thanks to Brian and Julie for leading us, for pointing out the emerging wild-flowers and for unearthing remnants of the wooden pipeline that carried water to Maldon from Malmsbury.
The lengths some people will go for a drink!
|August 22 2018
The Monk Walking Track Area
Roll over Otis Redding, we have a new King of Sole! Peter will remember this morning's for some time. (Free coffee for best one-liner next week.)
Thanks to Jules and Rex for planning the sometimes challenging route and for managing the morning. And to Deb and Bill for providing gaffer tape and 'emergency' transport.
The native flora sense spring in the air. For more photos of Handsome Flat Pea go to https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=handsome flat pea
August 15 2018
Southern part of Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park '...dashing; amiable; charismatic; a man of fine physique; graceful as an antelope...' Bring anyone to mind? (You've got to be kidding!) In fact they are descriptions of Charles Sanger, the Fryers Bushranger through whose forest Ron and Cheryl led us last Wednesday. There must have been hundreds of similar characters scattered thru the bush. Here is a link to more information http://www.fobif.org.au/vagabond.html We said farewell to Ruth who is taking her infectious enthusiasm to warmer climes. Then to Guildford and a coffee in the weak sun.
Thanks Ron and Cheryl.
|July 25 2018
Hepburn Springs Another good walk on a cold day. About 20 members walked from Breakneck Gorge to the Chocolate Mill. The gentle slopes along Breakneck Gorge are easy. The three climbs along the journey mean you can are warm and toasty when you arrive at the Chocolate Mill for a hot chilli chocolate.
Thanks John for filling in for Keith and the car shuffle worked well!
|July 11 2018
Maldon to Muckleford Station. An easy walk on a freezing day. We walked quicker than expected because we were all keen to get warm. We were lucky to view the steam train as it past us on the track.
Thanks Peter for leading the walk.
|June 27 2018
Goldfields Track north of Mt Alexander.
A very pleasant 9kms winter's walk along the Coliban Water Channel with two steep inclines.
Thanks Bill and Deb for leading the walk and Deb for her extra efforts with the car shuffle.
|June 13 2018
Mt Tarrengower We explored the North British Mine and then up the slopes of Mt Tarrengower. It was a good walk for a cold day. For more information about walks around Maldon visit this site. https://www.maldoncastlemaine.com.au/activties/walking/maldon-walks/.
Thanks for leading the walk Margaret.
|May 30 2018
Tarilta Gorge Although Castlemaine had a huge dump of rain, the gorge had virtually no water flowing. Very hungry ground must have sucked it all up. A good walk and perfect weather for the 11 members.
Thanks for leading the walk Greg.
|May 23 2018
Creswick Forest The beauty of the Le Greche Walk was stunning. We also passed large Pine Forests and followed part of the Gold Fields Track. The walk required travelling a large distance and we all enjoyed the changes in the landscape.
Thanks again John.
|May 9 2018
Maldon Historic Area A lovely walk around the base of Mt Tarrengower. The granite outcrops are a very attractive place to take a rest and enjoy the views. There was one hill that tested the walkers and we all made it successfully.
Thanks Cheryl and Ron.
|April 25 2018
Muckleford Railway Station to Castlemaine The weather was perfect. We had a good turnout of 32 walkers and who really enjoy the walk.
Surprisingly very few, if any, had been to car drop off point area at the end of walk, so that was interesting.
Thanks for organising the walk for us Peter and to Kevin for leading on the day.
|April 11 2018
Jubilee Lake and the Wombat Forest. We enjoyed walking through another part of the Wombat Forest.
|March 28 2018
Whipstick Loop Walk at Blackwood. Over 30 members attended a very enjoyable day in the Wombat State Forest starting at the Jack Cann Reserve nearby the Garden of St Erth. Tricia lead the walk and John organised a social lunch for members and partners at the Blackwood Pub.
|March 14 2018
Domino Rail Trail. All our members enjoyed the very pleasant walk following the old railway track.. The filtered light through the trees was impressive. We also appreciated hearing Alan’s commentary about the Coliban River and the local trees.
|February 28 2018
Moonlight Flat Forest and Kalimna Park. A very enjoyable walk in Kalimna Park attended by over 30 members. The weather was very pleasant and most members attended the coffee gathering at the end. You can get a copy of the Kalimna map from the Castlemaine Visitors Centre and/or at this web page http://cartography.id.au/index.htm
February 14 2018
Campbells Creek and Poverty Gully Track and Water Race. We had over 30 members attend this interesting local walk. The weather was just right.
You can get copies of the maps at the Castlemaine Visitors Centre and/or at this web page http://cartography.id.au/index.htm
|January 31 2018
A local walk from the Octopus to the Botanical Gardens via Kalimna Park and back to the Octopus. 35 members participated in our first 2018 walk. Many new members have only been in Castlemaine for a very short time and we all enjoyed lots of chat.
Thanks Lorraine and her number one supporter Geoff. Visit this web site for more information about Kalimna Park. https://www.kalimnapark.org.au/